Free skateboard and BMX lessons get going at skatepark

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Prince Albert Skateboarding and BMX Association vice president and Propaganda skate shop owner Adam Balon volunteered his time to give local youngsters some free skateboarding lessons on Tuesday at the city's skatepark. Herald photo by Andrew Schopp 

Members of Prince Albert’s skateboarding and BMX community came out to provide youngsters with some lessons on Tuesday at the city’s skatepark.

Offered by the city free of charge, the Prince Albert skatepark annually hosts a series of skateboarding and BMX lessons, inviting kids ages six to 13 to come out and learn the basics of the sport. 

Facilitated by Adam Balon, owner of the Propaganda skate and snowboard shop, the lessons will continue on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again on Aug. 12-13. 

As Balon led a group of young boarders through a series of exercises on Tuesday, he said safety and park etiquette are the No. 1 priority.

“Just avoiding collisions and knowing the rules of concrete skateboard park,” Balon said of some of the lessons he’ll be providing youngsters.

On Tuesday, Balon was teaching kids the finer points of skateboarding, demonstrating basic pushing techniques and transitions. 

“As the lessons progress, we’ll work into some harder areas,” said Balon, who is also the vice president of the Prince Albert Skateboarding and BMX Association.  “We are getting into the basics to help them start learning tricks.”

Balon added how as a member of the local skateboarding community, he loves to share his passion with the city’s youth.

“I just like seeing kids learn how to skateboard,” he said. “It’s awesome. I like to see kids advance and progress.”

In 2006, Prince Albert opened up its first permanent concrete skateboarding park, located just south of the Art Hauser Centre. 

With a price tag of $600,000, the 20,000-square-foot park features a full-sized bowl, ramps, steps, rails and quarter-pipes for local skateboarders and BMXers to hone their skills. 

As skateboarding and BMX continues to grow in popularity, Balon believes Prince Albert is in the market for another skatepark.

A relatively cheap sport to get into, Balon added that skateboarding and BMX gives youth the opportunity to stay active and out of trouble.

“I think there’s a need for it,” Balon said of a second park in Prince Albert. “This is a really busy free facility and over time the demand is there for another one. It gives kids a place to hang out, meet new friends and progress in the sport.”

For more information on the Prince Albert Skateboard and BMX Association and the free lessons offered at the park, contact City of Prince Albert recreation co-ordinator Curtis Olsen at 306-953-481 or colsen@citypa.com

andrew.schopp@paherald.sk.ca

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